PLANT HEALTH MANAGEMENT
“FOCUS ON THE PLANT HEALTH NOT THE PEST"
IPM PHASE I (1-2 years) 6-9 Visits or Applications
Diagnosis of insect & disease problems, Check incremental growth
Soil samples for condition, type, etc.
Remediation programs – nutrients, compost, mulch,etc.
Begin to retain beneficial populations; learn to identify eggs, larva, adult.
Reduce use of pesticides: Choose low residual, bio-rational pest control products.
Physical: Traps: sticky, hanging drop, etc.
Outcome: Plants start to react, retain green color, less pesticides. You gain client confidence.
PHC PHASE II (2+ YEARS) 3-6 visits + Diagnostic visits
Continue Diagnosis: Check incremental growth
Continue soil remediation
Cut beds for trees
Remove & renovate plant material
Plant resistant varieties
Plant some big trees, i.e.: “The Mighty Oak”
More difficult problems:
a) Root or basal rot
b) Girdling roots or “Trapped” roots, (baskets, plastic burlap,
d) Extreme soil problems
e) Irrigation problems
Cultural or Aesthetic Pruning
Outcome: Client Education: Plants are healthy, incremental growth should increase.
Plants that will not recover or those which need time and extra care are addressed.
New plantings should be started.
PHM: MAINTENANCE AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT PHASE III
Soil sampling every 2 years or as needed for diagnosis
Meet other horticultural operators on property, to meet common goals also to refer out work.
Programs are easier to predict.
Outcome: Referrals are given, Trust is established. Client confidence provides repeat business and referrals.
Available for scouting and training for any type of landscape.